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 Reform in the Department for Child Protection and Family Support

Reform in the Department for Child Protection and Family Support

The Department for Child Protection and Family Support is undergoing a period of reform. The goal of the reform is to further develop a service system that delivers the best possible life outcomes for children and families.

Significant reforms underway include the implementation of the Earlier Intervention and Family Support Strategy and Out-of-Home Care Reforms. Realignment of the Department’s service delivery districts will be a key strategy to enable these reforms.

To oversee and drive the implementation of these reforms over the coming five years, the Department has formed a Strategy and Reform Unit. The Strategy and Reform Unit can be contacted on StrategyandReform@cpfs.wa.gov.au.

The Reform Projects are outlined below. This table will be updated as reforms progress. 

 

REFORM PROJECTS

Implementation from (indicative)

Reform status

Earlier Intervention and Family Support

Develop and implement Earlier Intervention and Family Support Strategy (EIFSS)

July 2016

Launched

District structure realignment

District structural review

July 2016

Progressing

Cross-sector alignment

 

Glossary for out-of-home care (OOHC)

July 2016

Launched

Stakeholder Engagement Framework – Department for Child Protection and Family Support and community services sector  

July 2016

Launched

Needs Assessment Tool

 

 

(phase 1) – NAT embedded in Assist and case management process

December 2016

Launched

 

High Needs Programs (CASC Pilot)

October 2016

Progressing

Needs Assessment Tool expansion (phase 2)

January 2018

Progressing

Repositioning and matching

Temporary and permanent phases of care

October 2016

Launched

Development of Children and Carer Connection Hub  (the Hub) processes – including carer-types and whole-of-system matching

October 2016

Launched

 

Foster carer/adoption processes

Streamline foster care and adoption recruitment, training and assessment

January 2017

Ongoing

Foster care recruitment campaign

Early 2017

Ongoing

Policy and practice directions

Short-break support

October 2016

Progressing

Care team approach

October 2016

Launched

Natural support networks

October 2016

Progressing

OOHC resource allocation framework

January 2018

Progressing

Leaving care

July 2016

Progressing

Outcomes Framework for Children in Out-of-Home Care in WA

July 2016

Launched

Longitudinal post-care study

July 2016

Progressing

Family Carer

 

Assessment, induction, orientation, training, support

July 2017

Working group progressing

Funded Service

 

 

Recontracting of out-of-home care funded services

January 2018

Progressing

Community services sector expenditure review

January 2017

Progressing – consultation continuing

Aboriginal community controlled organisation strategy

January 2018

Consultations completed - April 2017

Oversight

Cross-sector foster carer panel – including cultural competency development

January 2017

Launched

Review and update of Better Care, Better Services

July 2017

Cross-sector working group progressing

Implement Ombudsman into oversight processes

January  2018

Progressing

Shared guidelines for child-related employee misconduct

TBD

 

Accessible child complaints system

TBD

 Progressing

Reportable conduct system

TBD

 

Legislation

Permanency legislative amendments

2016

Referred to 2017 legislative review of the Children and Community Services Act 2004

Legislation review

2017

Progressing

 

 

  


 

  Workshops


Please check our Reform Workshop page to register for upcoming community engagement sessions and consultation workshops.

 Consultations are currently underway  
 for the Parent and Baby Support
 Service. 
 
Click here for the presentation.

  Reform News

 

OUT-OF-HOME CARE TENDER REQUESTS
CARE ARRANGEMENTS

 Notification of Amended Dates for Tender Release.

After further consideration and taking into account feedback from the Community Services Sector,  the Department of Communities (the Department) has amended the dates for the release of the Tender Requests for the Out-of-Home Care (OOHC) Care Arrangement services.

Please click HERE for further information.

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The Department appreciates the extensive feedback from the Community Services Sector in relation to the recently advertised tender Requests for the Aboriginal In-home Support Service (AISS), Family Support Networks Lead Agency (FSN), Intensive Family Support Service (IFSS) and Family Care Support Service (FCSS).


The Department will be hosting a follow-up tender briefing session on Tuesday 22 August to provide Respondents with new information on key changes to the tender Request Service Requirements. Participants can register to attend this briefing session via the Department’s webpage.

Please Click Here for further information.

Please Click Here to RSVP for the Metro Briefing.
Please Click Here to RSVP for the Regional Briefing (VC).

Please Click Here for a list of our regional offices which will be hosting video conference sessions for the regional briefing.

Organisations are encouraged to register with Tenders WA  to receive timely information and advice when the Requests for Tender are advertised.

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